Empowering urban community leaders to protect children and communities at risk of exploitation.
Empowering urban communities of Cambodia to protect children against abuse, trafficking, and exploitation is the focus of the Urban Prevention Program. Started in 2007, this program is centered in Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh, and Koh Kong, the project educates and trains local leaders to identify the issues of trafficking, rape, sexual abuse, child protection, and child sex tourism. Due to the dense population in these urban settings, street children, and slum children are at high risk of exploitation by nationals and foreign pedophiles. Thanks to the prevention program 500 local leaders have been trained to impart their knowledge in and around their communities. As of January 2011, over 11,200 villagers have been trained by these community leaders. As of 2011 this program has trained more than 500 community leaders, who then went on to train more than 11,200 villagers within their own communities and surrounding areas.